Winter Bagel Fest postponed to Jan. 14
Louis Wichinsky, the Hurleyville Hero of bagel making, once adopted a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck to run on vegetable oil. Sometimes he’d even use soybean oil. A red toggle switch on the dash changed the fuel over.
The idea to invent a bagel machine came in 1942 while he was stationed in London with the U.S. Army Air Force. He was spending the Jewish holidays with two brothers who owned a bakery. One of the brothers, Sam Wolinsky, challenged him: “Louis, you Yanks can do anything. How come you can’t build a bagel machine?”
Louis set to work proving to the world he could do it. And finally, after years of tinkering, he created a machine that turned out 600 bagels an hour.
Now if you’re wondering what happened to this remarkable machine, you are in luck—it is currently on display in Hurleyville at the Sullivan County Museum. And if you are wondering if it still makes bagels… well, you’ll just have to come to the event to find out.
In anticipation of National Bagel Day later in January, the Frederick Cook Society invites you to join them Sunday, Jan. 14 from 2-4 p.m., at the County Museum. Ring in the new year with bagels, coffee and baked goods! Tour the exhibits and listen to live music by Little Sparrow, featuring special guests Henry Simon and Jeff Anderson.
Admission is free and donations, as always, are welcome.
The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. For more information call 845-434-8044 or visit the Facebook page for the Frederick Cook Society.
Louis Wachinsky’s bagel machine on display.